Higher-ed leadership is changing, and college presidents must have deeper and broader skill sets to meet increasingly complex demands, according to a new report from the Aspen Institute Task Force on the Future of the College Presidency.

“America’s colleges and universities and their presidents are facing more challenges than ever—especially in light of dramatic political, demographic, and technological changes,” noted Freeman Hrabowski, President of the University of Maryland, Baltimore County. “The next generation of leaders will need increasing preparation and support to succeed.”

The report comes from a variety of higher-ed institutions, and a panel of 35 university and college university presidents issued the new recommendations.

During deliberations, Task Force members recognized that college presidents will need to navigate change as they apply new skill sets to new challenges.

“What the field needs now, what our institutions need, is leadership for impact. This requires a different orientation, a different set of gifts, and a willingness to stand creatively in the tension between institutional and societal interests. The conversations contained in this paper are a good indication that this new kind of leadership is already beginning to take shape.”

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